It all com­putes for Matthew

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - Learning Curve -

AF­TER seven years as a fac­tory worker, Matthew Peers up­skilled at Skill­sTech and has not looked back.

It started when he ex­pressed an in­ter­est to study com­puter aided de­sign (CAD) while he was work­ing at a steel build­ing man­u­fac­turer.

“I pro­gressed through the ranks and got to a point where I re­ally wanted to de­velop my skills,” Peers says.

“My em­ployer was good enough to let me start study­ing a Cer­tifi­cate III in En­gi­neer­ing, spe­cial­is­ing in CAD – which was some­thing I’d been in­ter­ested in for years.” Af­ter com­plet­ing his CAD train­ing at Skill­sTech, Peers hoped he could move into his em­ployer’s de­sign depart­ment, how­ever, eco­nomic cir­cum­stances dic­tated other­wise.

“By the time I fin­ished my Cer­tifi­cate III I was un­able to move into the de­sign depart­ment.

“The com­pany’s cir­cum­stances had changed in light of the econ­omy and I started look­ing for other op­por­tu­ni­ties else­where,” Peers says.

Cap­i­tal­is­ing on the mo­men­tum of his Cer­tifi­cate III stud­ies, Peers en­rolled in a Cer­tifi­cate IV in En­gi­neer­ing at Skill­sTech and says the qual­i­fi­ca­tion, as well as the ex­pe­ri­ence of study­ing at TAFE, has been in­valu­able.

“Be­ing able to work and do my stud­ies has been in­valu­able,” he says.

“I come in for night classes on Tues­days be­cause I pre­fer learn­ing in a class­room to learn­ing by my­self on­line.

“I’ve been a fac­tory worker for most of my life and since I’ve up­skilled at Skill­sTech so many doors have opened for me.” Peers was also able to ac­cess Skill­sTech’s Indige­nous Sup­port Ser­vices, which he says made “a huge dif­fer­ence” to his stud­ies by pro­vid­ing sup­port through­out his train­ing.

Ul­ti­mately, he says he would not be any­where if it wasn’t for one sim­ple thing – hard work.

“There are op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery­body if you’re will­ing to put in the hard work . . . it doesn’t mat­ter what back­ground you come from,” Peers says.

“If you study hard and work hard most people will give you a go.”

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